Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rooftop Flowers, 8x10 Original Oil Floral Painting on Canvas

The flowers of Mexico are beautiful, and I actually have the same ones here in Florida, but all husbands hate bougainvilleas because they grow fast and have big thorns. I love them because they are gorgeous, tropical, and easy to grow. 

My sympathy to those up North who keep having a Winter Replay. I hope you will be rewarded with a beautiful summer, you have earned it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cowboy, 14x11 Oil on Canvas

I've been working on this all week. Quite a change from my previous post, isn't it? This was a very complicated painting of a cowboy in downtown San Miguel de Allende, resting against a wall. This is not a daily painting, except in the sense that I painted it every day. San Miguel is so colorful, and it's not just the locals. The Americans are pretty colorful too. Supposedly there are 17,000 expatriate Americans living there. The locals are hospitable, the climate is lovely, the city is beautiful, and medical care is cheap (and if you drink the water, you may need medical care).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zentennae, 8x10 Pen and Ink

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I haven't posted for days, because I am working on a complicated larger painting right now. It even has a horse in it. Last night I indulged in some meditative zentangle as a relief from the detail work in the oil painting on my easel. I just drew a line and let it grow from there until I had this quirky piece.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Copper Pot with Apple, 10x8 Oil on Canvas

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Taking a break from my San Miguel series to post a still life. This one was started in the Qiang Huang workshop in Melbourne. I have been so pleased to get thank-you notes from some of the people attending the class. Learning from Qiang is a very enriching experience, and some people came from a long distance and were glad they did. It's so gratifying when all the effort to put on a workshop is appreciated.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Almost a Rainbow, 10x8 Oil Painting on Canvas

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This was a busy sky over San Miguel de Allende. It had light, darkness, rain, and almost a rainbow. There was a lot going on.

Speaking of a lot going on, yesterday morning I saw the real Rosie the Riveters on TV at the White House. In their 80s and 90s, I got the feeling they could still pop-rivet today if needed. They are vivacious and smart, just what I want to be when I grow up.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blue Pots, 8x6 Oil on Canvas

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I love the colors of Mexico. This is Number Five in my series of paintings of San Miguel de Allende, and it almost has a Florida Gators orange-and-blue look (but not quite). Spanish style houses are my favorites, especially if they have beautiful courtyards. In San Miguel there are no front yards or sweeping lawns, but the casas' openness and courtyards make it feel as if you are very comfortably living outdoors.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

San Miguel Sunset, 8x6 Oil on Canvas


Our rooftop garden in San Miguel Allende was a delightful place to unwind at the end of the day, and the sunsets were beautiful. I loved the rosebud silhouetted against the sky. The rooftop garden held roses, bougainvilleas, margaritas, and good company.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunflower, 8x10 Oil on Canvas

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I have finished up a couple of still life paintings that I did in the Qiang Huang workshop last month. I hated to stop my San Miguel series, but just didn't have the time to start anything new today. I will start it up again next week.

My new exercise program is Weedobics. I went into my yard and it's a jungle out there. Weedobics consists of bend, pull weed, discard, and repeat until exhausted or weeds are gone, whichever comes first. I am working my way gradually around the property. It's Florida, so by the time I get to the end it will be time to start at the beginning again.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tiny Dancer, 8x10 OIl on Canvas

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While in San Miguel de Allende I got to witness a big Aztec festival, with scores of people in bright costumes and huge feather headdresses. They were dancing in the streets, celebrating their conversion to Christianity. So many people dancing in unison, wearing bright colors and glittering outfits presented quite a wonderful sight, but this little girl was my favorite, trying to keep up with the grownups.

When I uploaded the image to Blogger the purple shadows became very bright. I don't know how to overcome that. They are not that bright in the painting.

Here are some of the adults in their costumes. I was so lucky to be town that day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

San Miguel Morning, 8x6 Oil on Canvas

This is the sight that greeted me on our first morning in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The little bird posed obligingly on top of the dome. Bougainvilleas bloom profusely there, and there were many flowers I didn't recognize.

One night we went to Mi Casa, and heard incredible music; it was so good that there was no conversation or clanking glasses. The violin practically wept with the sound of moving Argentine music. It was worth the trip to hear something so profoundly beautiful.

One night we had a fiesta at the villa, and eleven Mariachi players strolled in playing their wonderful music. They had everyone dancing and our cook demonstrated how salsa dancing is supposed to be done.
So Festive
Surrounded by Mariachis

Beautiful Music